Interculturality as an Eschatological Sign Divine Intimacy Revealed in Today's Marital Unions

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Simon C. Kim

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The diversity found within the church often mirrors the changes of our society. Just as multicultural churches reflect the settlement of different cultures into our neighborhoods, today’s intercultural worship space is being transformed by intercultural marriages. What the rise of these marital unions teaches us is that both church and society are not simply a place where different cultures coexist. Rather, the intimacy of interculturality reveals that the coming together of different cultures and peoples expands our encounter with God by looking at the sacred space created by these unions. Also, by looking at Jesus’s command to go forth after the resurrection as well as the Pentecost event as an intensification of his own upbringing in the Galilean region, we can understand that the call to a new intercultural way of believers to come together was not a new concept but was always a vision within the life of Christ.

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Simon C. Kim, University of Holy Cross

Fr. Simon C. Kim is a Catholic priest of the Diocese of Orange in Southern California currently an Assistant Professor of Theology at Our Lady of Holy Cross College in New Orleans, LA. He completed his doctoral studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in Systematic Theology. Fr. Simon was born in Seoul, South Korea and came to the U.S. at an early age.  His own experience of church and identity is the impetus for his theological endeavors as he strives to make faith generationally and culturally relevant. His recent publications, A World Church in Our Backyard, Memory and Honor, and An Immigration of Theology are foundational works bridging his theological endeavors and pastoral engagements.  

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